RNC officially names Cleveland host of the ’16 national convention

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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signing RNC contracts 8/8/14

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signing RNC contracts 8/8/14

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The city of Cleveland has officially been named host of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Members of the Republican National Committee on Friday officially accepted the recommendation of their site selection committee, voting to bring their 2016 National Convention to Cleveland.

The vote was unanimous.

Site Selection Committee Chairperson Enid Mickelsen made the official motion for a vote, calling Cleveland the most enthusiastic of all the cities they visited.

"As extraordinary as all of these cities were, we found the best all around package ... the place that was going to be the most excited to have us come was Cleveland, Ohio," said Mickelsen.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the decision to take the convention to Cleveland "one of the smartest, most intelligent decision anyone has ever made."

To prepare, the city of Cleveland and the region still have a lot of work to do and millions more to raise. Priebus, however, assured the RNC that Cleveland representatives have not yet made a promise that they were unable to keep.

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